My encounters with interesting fabrics of certain color combination or pattern at a thrift store can burn a hole in my consciousness at times. It hits me like puzzle yearning to be solved, a rabbit hole begging to be fallen into. A temptation, a fixation, difficult for my crafty mind to ignore.
A few weeks ago, I spied what looked to be a Liberty print shirt at the thrift store. Nope, I realized upon closer inspection, it wasn't Liberty of London after all. But it was Land's End and what a nice shirting fabric it was, in a fabulous color combination you just don't see every day. Which could make it really difficult to find a fabric to us for binding but dang if it wouldn't make the sweetest little dud, I thought to myself, seeing the dud in my head as I always do when I am inspired, as a peek to an image just out of focus, with enough form and composition to make my heart flutter, yet not so much revealed that the experience of making it would be a matter of rote execution. It was the kind of creative itch that simply had to be scratched.
I embarrased to admit I have amassed more than a few combinations awaiting match with that special little dachshund out there somewhere that I have yet to meet. But lucky for me and my creative itch, with this Liberty of Londonesque combination, tiny chumley and I already know of a certain little spunky somebuddy who turned 14 this weekend, who loves to be pulled in her little red wagon to the Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings, and for whom her mom and I had discussed long ago the fleeting prospect of including a cute little peter pan collar for a dud, only back then my experience and ability were nowhere where they are today.
Happy 14th birthday, Molly, my little friend. Your sweet little dud will be on its way soon. :)
For Molly: Cotton Floral Print in Blues, Lavender and Turquoise with pintuck detailing and peter pan collar, removable hand dyed silk and freshwater pearl removable neck flower. Perfect for happy Sunday mornings at the Farmer's Market.